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Rooftop Cargo Box for 4Runner with Best Clearance to Allow Rear Hatch to Open


In the video it looked like the box was installed on a 4runner, and the hatch didnt open fully. Is there any size of Yakima skybox that allows the 4runner hatch to open completely. If not, which comparable box will?


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In the install video that is on the product page for the Yakima SkyBox 16 part # Y07335 that you referenced you are actually seeing the larger Skybox 21 part # Y07337 which is why it didn't allow the rear hatch to open. To determine if the 16 would allow your rear hatch to open measure from the front crossbar center all the way back to the rear hatch seam on the roof of the vehicle. If that distance is greater than 52 inches the 16 will fit. For comparison the dimension needed for the 21 is 57 inches.

Yakima has the Motion XT part # TH629707 which has the same cargo space of 16 cubic feet but only requires 47-1/2 inches of clearance. This would probably be the best option. We've installed this on much smaller vehicles (see picture) and found that it easily allowed the hatch to open.

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